Danielle Deane-Ryan is director of the Inclusive Clean Economy Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF), which invests in solutions to climate change and inequality. Danielle has served in executive roles across multiple sectors, devoting her career to climate and clean energy advocacy and communications strategies that integrate equity and inclusion. Danielle’s work has been featured in outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Inside Philanthropy, Politic365, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, GRIST, and the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy.
Before NCF, Danielle served in the Obama Administration as senior advisor for External Affairs and acting director for Stakeholder Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Prior, Danielle was a principal at The Raben Group, including serving as the founding executive director of Green 2.0, recognized by Inside Philanthropy as one of 2015’s Boldest Moves and Top Trends.
Other roles include serving at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies as energy and environment director; and as a Hewlett Foundation program officer, integrating input from grasstops and grassroots stakeholders to design and run the New Constituencies for the Environment initiative. The initiative invested $20 million dollars into organizations serving under-resourced communities, and contributed to improved large-scale air quality and economic benefits.
Danielle holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration. She is a native of Trinidad & Tobago.